**EDIT** I have added photos of my health problems and my mother's social security retirement benefits.
I know there are a lot of people who are in need right now and I feel terrible for even making a GoFundMe for myself. I wish I could rebuild everyone's homes in Texas (and probably Florida too). I am the kind of person who helps without asking, but never asks for help myself. When I do, I am depserate. Right now, I am in full depseration mode.
For the too long, didn't read version; I am disabled, not able to work, and need a car. It sounds so "instituional" when you put it that way, but that is the gist of it.
Now, for the long, tearjerking, begging version...
5 years ago, my car broke down. The transmission went and it was going to cost $3,800 to fix it. So, I thought to myself, "I am working. Until I save up money for a downpayment on a new car, I can rent a car. No biggie." Well, I junked my 2000 Saturn and started renting a car once a week. I was paying $55-$65/week for a rental. I did not think at the time that spending $200+ a month would make me unable to save money for another car until it was too late. Weeks turned into months which turned into years. I had student loans hanging over my head so my credit was less than stellar and I was a first time buyer, so it was becoming increasingly harder to get a car.
Then, my health went bad and I was unable to work. That was a sucker punch, but I thought, "Well, my doctors stand behind me, so I will get disability." 2 1/2 years and 2 denials later, I realized how screwed I am.
The buses around here are few and far in between and it is almost impossible for me to walk a mile down a backroad carrying groceries. The cabs are very expensive and Uber is just as much as a cab. Rental cars have now gone up to $75/day and it is becoming harder for me to get them.
I have a son who is a straight A student and loves to be a part of clubs in school. This kid is going places, just not with a car. It is hard for me to get him to school functions and he cannot even get his permit because we don't have a car. I honestly, do not know what makes me cry myself to sleep more, not being able to get to the store/doctors for myself or not being able to get him to school functions and let him have his "right of passage" of a driver's license. I feel like a failure of a mother.
Before I start crying too hard to finish, I just wanted to say, I need your help. Deperately. Seriously, I am on my knees begging and for me that is both hard for my pride and my body (it will take me a minute to get up.)
Please, if you can donate even just $5 and share this, I would be eternally grateful.
There are cars I can purchase for $1500, but I am worried it will need an immediate repair, so I am asking for $2000.
Thank you for your time and generosity, it truly is greatly appreciated.
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